Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for tomorrows Spanish Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver was nearly three tenths-of-a-second clear of Nico Rosberg, with Daniel Ricciardo set to start from third.
Hamilton botched his first run when he locked his front tyres into Turn 10, which cost him eight tenths to Rosberg. But having went six tenths faster in the runs during the second part of qualifying, Hamilton only had to sort out his braking in order to produce the 1m22 dead.
Ricciardo managed to out-qualify Max Verstappen, despite the latter threatening to go quicker in the initial runs by four tenths of a second. As it turned out both Red Bull’s were quicker than the two Ferrari’s, with Raikkonen starting ahead of Vettel who lost time in the middle sector on his lap.
McLaren finally get into Q3
Even though Jenson Button could only manage a time quick enough for 12th, Fernando Alonso will start in 10th place having made it into Q3 for the first time with McLaren since they switched to Honda power.
Carlos Sainz also made it into Q3 and finished ahead of his new team mate Daniil Kvyat by four tenths of a second. Both Haas drivers meanwhile looked to still be struggling with balance, with Grosjean in 14th ahead of Magnussen and Guterrez who will start in 15th and 16th respectively.
Williams timing error and Manor edging closer to Sauber
Felipe Massa was the shock dropout in the first part of qualifying after a timing error by his team. He went out with just 1m20s left on the clock, which meant that he could not put together another lap.
As he dropped out Palmer was unable to improve in his final run, which opened him up to Jenson Button who was in the drop zone.
In his final run Button crossed the line and managed a lap time that was good enough for 12th, which meant that the Renault driver was pushed out for the fifth consecutive time in Q1. He will start in 17th place ahead of Massa who is 18th.
Manor were threatening to out-qualify Sauber with their times in Practice, however they were just a tenth shy of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr who set their lap times early on in the session and managed 19th and 20th respectively.
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